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Public Input Sought About Services For Chemical Dependency

Apr 16th, 2014 | By | Category: Current Events

The Dutchess County Department of Mental Hygiene will hold a public forum to get input and feedback about the service needs of chemically dependent persons and their families.  The forum will be held on Thursday, April 17th from 4-6 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Mental Health Center, 230 North Road, Poughkeepsie.  This event […]



Orange County Releases FAQ on Local Development Corporation for Valley View

Apr 9th, 2014 | By | Category: Current Events

Orange County released a list of frequently asked questions regarding the potential transfer of the county-owned Valley View Nursing Home to a Local Development Corporation (LDC). The 16-point FAQ provides answers to Orange County residents on all aspects of the LDC process, including what it would mean for residents of the nursing home and its […]



New York State Budget to Include $40 Million For Pothole Repairs

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By | Category: Current Events

Senator Bonacic (R/C/I- Mt. Hope) is pleased to announce that the New York State 2014 – 2015 budget agreement includes $40 million in funding to help fix the many potholes that are left after a rough winter throughout New York. The increase in aid for pothole repairs is among several boosts in money for road […]



April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Apr 1st, 2014 | By | Category: Current Events

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus and the Orange County Traffic Safety Board today announced that the month of April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Orange County will participate in a distracted driving enforcement mobilization from April 10 to 15th. Police agencies across the county will participate with high visibility and stepped-up cell phone and texting […]



Hayworth Endorses Extension of Unemployment Benefits

Apr 1st, 2014 | By | Category: Current Events

Congressional candidate Dr. Nan Hayworth today called on Congress to pass the bill that cleared the Senate last week to extend unemployment benefits, calling the measure “an essential help for our neighbors who are having trouble finding work in the Hudson Valley.” “There’s an ugly truth underlying the desperate need for unemployment benefits,” said Hayworth. […]



Maloney Demands FERC Reverse Reckless Energy Hikes

Mar 24th, 2014 | By | Category: Current Events

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) demanded FERC reverse their reckless decision to approve a new capacity zone which could lead to unreasonable and drastic energy rate hikes. Earlier this month, Rep. Maloney wrote in support of the New York Public Service Commission’s petition seeking reversal of FERC’s recent decision and asked FERC to take into […]



Bill to Save Local Farmers Money Passes Assembly

Mar 22nd, 2014 | By | Category: Current Events

Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Hudson), who is a member of the Agriculture Committee, announced that legislation she authored to help small and medium-sized farm operations in the Mid-Hudson Valley and Capital Region has passed the Assembly. Specifically, the bill would create a farm vehicle tax credit (A.7347-A). “Just this morning at a Dutchess County Farm Bureau […]



Celebrate Women’s History Month with Assemblymember Didi Barrett

Mar 3rd, 2014 | By | Category: Current Events

Women’s history has long been written on the leaves of diaries, penned across the pages of letters and scribbled on the backs of photographs. Their stories – even those of bravery or turmoil – tend to be shared in family lore, not chronicled in multi-volume biographies. Nonetheless, while our founding mothers may not be documented […]



Adventure License Available for Orange County Residents

Mar 2nd, 2014 | By | Category: Current Events

Orange County Clerk Annie Rabbitt announced that residents can now transform their New York State driver’s license into an all-purpose sporting and recreation pass with the new NYS Adventure License. The Adventure License is for those who own lifetime hunting or fishing licenses, the Empire Passport, or a safe boating certificate. When you purchase your […]



Barrett calls for special education funding to be included in UPK plans

Feb 26th, 2014 | By | Category: Current Events

Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Hudson) is requesting that state funding for Universal Pre-K (UPK) include coverage for pre-kindergarten special education programs. She recently sent a letter to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver asking for both UPK and pre-K special education funding to be included in the 2014-15 budget. “New York State needs to make good on its […]